Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress" [syn: assay]
the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat" [syn: arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage]
additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory" [syn: confirmation, verification, substantiation]
a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something [syn: chip]
a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard); "she wore a skirt with checks"
obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
(chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king
make an examination or investigation; "check into the rumor"; "check the time of the class"
be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product" [syn: see, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure]
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger" [syn: control, hold in, hold, contain, curb, moderate]
stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; "She checked for an instant and missed a step"
be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; "These stories don't check!" [syn: check out]
be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun" [syn: match, fit, correspond, jibe, gibe, tally, agree] [ant: disagree]
block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
consign for shipment on a vehicle; "check your luggage before boarding"
hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping; "Check your coat at the door"
abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons
stop in a chase especially when scent is lost; "The dog checked"
decline to initiate betting
hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism" [syn: turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back]
place into check; "He checked my kings"
write out a check on a bank account
find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time" [syn: determine, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn]
verify by consulting a source or authority; "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"
arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"
make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint" [syn: chink]
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Check \Check\ (ch[e^]k), n. [OE. chek, OF. eschec, F. ['e]chec, a stop, hindrance, orig. check in the game of chess, pl. ['e]checs chess, through Ar., fr. Pers. sh[=a]h king. See Shah, and cf. Checkmate, Chess, Checker.]
(Chess) A word of warning denoting that the king is in danger; such a menace of a player's king by an adversary's move as would, if it were any other piece, expose it to immediate capture. A king so menaced is said to be in check, and must be made safe at the next move.
A condition of interrupted or impeded progress; arrest; stop; delay; as, to hold an enemy in check.
Which gave a remarkable check to the first progress of Christianity.
No check, no stay, this streamlet fears.
Whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle, guard, restraint, or rebuff.
Useful check upon the administration of government.
A man whom no check could abash.
A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be prevented, or a thing or person may be identified; as, checks placed against items in an account; a check given for baggage; a return check on a railroad.
A written order directing a bank or banker to pay money as therein stated. See Bank check, below.
A woven or painted design in squares resembling the patten of a checkerboard; one of the squares of such a design; also, cloth having such a figure.
(Falconry) The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds.
Small chick or crack.
Bank check, a written order on a banker or broker to pay money in his keeping belonging to the signer.
Check book, a book containing blank forms for checks upon a bank.
Check hook, a hook on the saddle of a harness, over which a checkrein is looped.
Check list, a list or catalogue by which things may be verified, or on which they may be checked.
Check nut (Mech.), a secondary nut, screwing down upon the primary nut to secure it.
Check valve (Mech.), a valve in the feed pipe of a boiler, or other conduit, to prevent the return of the feed water or other fluid.
To take check, to take offense. [Obs.]
Syn: Hindrance; setback; interruption; obstruction; reprimand; censure; rebuke; reproof; repulse; rebuff; tally; counterfoil; counterbalance; ticket; draft.
Check \Check\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Checked (ch[e^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. checking.]
(Chess) To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, esp. his king, in check; to put in check.
To put a sudden restraint upon; to stop temporarily; to hinder; to repress; to curb. Hence, (Ice Hockey) To obstruct the motion of an opposing player by contacting him with one's body.
So many clogs to check and retard the headlong course of violence and oppression.
To verify, to guard, to make secure, by means of a mark, token, or other check; to distinguish by a check; to put a mark against (an item) after comparing with an original or a counterpart in order to secure accuracy. Hence, To compare with an original or with some standard, to insure correctness; as, to check an account; to check with a supervisor about procedures.
To chide, rebuke, or reprove.
The good king, his master, will check him for it.
(Naut.) To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended.
To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack; as, the sun checks timber.
To leave (something) in the temporary custody of another; as, to check baggage; to check one's firearms at the door; to check one's coat at the cloakroom.
To accept (something) for temporary custody from another; as, to check a customer's baggage; to check a customer's coat.
To make a checkered pattern upon.
Syn: To restrain; curb; bridle; repress; control; hinder; impede; obstruct; interrupt; tally; rebuke; reprove; rebuff.
Check \Check\, a. Checkered; designed in checks.
Check \Check\ (ch[e^]k), v. i. To make a stop; to pause; -- with at.
The mind, once jaded by an attempt above its power,
either is disabled for the future, or else checks at
any vigorous undertaking ever after.
2. To clash or interfere. [R.]
3. To act as a curb or restraint.
It [his presence] checks too strong upon me.
4. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc.
5. (Falconry) To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds.
And like the haggard, check at every feather
That comes before his eye.
Check (unit testing framework)
Check is an open source unit testing framework in the style of xUnit for C programs. The framework is considered stable—even though it has not reached its 1.0 release yet—and is available in the package distribution systems of most Linux distributions, as well as for Windows and OS X.
Check is used by some well-known projects such as GStreamer.
A check (also checker, Brit: chequer) is a pattern of modified stripes consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical lines forming squares.
Check (mobile app)
Mint Bills, formerly Check and before that Pageonce, is a mobile banking application developed by Check, Inc. Mint Bills utilizes proprietary account aggregation technology for secure payment technologies in its mobile applications. Mint Bills' primary service allows users to pay bills and track bank, credit card, investment, and loan transactions and balances through Mint Bills website or mobile apps for its Android and iOS platforms.
Check (Young Thug song)
"Check" a song by American rapper Young Thug. It was released as the lead single from his breakout commercial release, Barter 6, on April 1, 2015.
Check may refer to:
- Cheque ("Check" in U.S. English), an order for transfer of money
- Checkbox, a type of widget in computing
- Check (pattern) (or "Chequered"), a pattern of squares used on chess boards, fabrics, etc.
- Check (unit testing framework), a unit testing framework for C programs
- Check (mobile app), a mobile banking application.
- CHECK Scheme, a penetration testing certification run by CESG
- Checking (ice hockey), the act of physically keeping an opponent restrained
- Rain check, an idiom from baseball meaning a deferral
- CHECK, a command in SQL
- Tartan, a checked pattern in fabric and weaving
- Tick (check mark), a mark used for verification or notation
- A radial crack (as opposed to 'shake') along a medullary ray in wood that can appear during the wood drying process
- An imperfection in glass that can appear during glass production
A check is a condition in chess, shogi and xiangqi that occurs when a player's king (or general in xiangqi) is under threat of capture on their opponent's next turn. A king so threatened is said to be in check. A player must get out of check, if possible, by interposing a piece between the threatening piece and the king, capturing the threatening piece, or moving the king to a square where it is no longer in check. If the player cannot move out of check, the game ends in checkmate and the player loses. Players cannot make any move that puts their own king in check.
Etymology 1 n. 1 (context chess English) A situation in which the king is directly threatened by an opposing piece. 2 An inspection or examination. 3 A control; a limit or stop. 4 (context US English) A mark (especially a checkmark: (lang und sc=Latinx ✓)) used as an indicator, equivalent to a tick ''(UK)''. 5 (context US English) An order to a bank to pay money to a named person or entity; a cheque ''(UK, Canada)''. 6 (context US English) A bill, particularly in a restaurant. 7 (context contact sports English) A maneuver performed by a player to take another player out of the play. 8 A token used instead of cash in gaming machines. 9 A lengthwise separation through the growth rings in wood. 10 A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be prevented, or a thing or person may be identified. 11 (context falconry English) The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds. 12 A small chink or crack. vb. 1 To inspect; to examine. 2 To mark with a checkmark. 3 To control, limit, or halt. 4 To verify or compare with a source of information. 5 To leave in safekeeping. 6 To leave with a shipping agent for shipping. 7 (context street basketball English) To pass or bounce the ball to an opponent from behind the three-point line and have the opponent pass or bounce it back to start play. 8 (context contact sports English) To physically remove a person from play. 9 (context poker English) To remain in a hand without betting. Only legal if no one has yet bet. 10 (context chess English) To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, especially the king, in check; to put in check. 11 To chide, rebuke, or reprove. 12 (context nautical English) To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended. 13 To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc. 14 To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack. 15 To make a stop; to pause; with ''at''. 16 (context obsolete English) To clash or interfere. 17 To act as a curb or restraint. 18 (context falconry English) To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds. Etymology 2
n. (context textiles usually pluralized English) A pattern made up of a grid of squares of alternating colors; a checkered pattern.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"pattern of squares, cross-like pattern," c.1400, short for checker (n.1).
c.1300, "a call in chess noting one's move has placed his opponent's king (or another major piece) in immediate peril," from Old French eschequier "a check at chess" (also "chess board, chess set"), from eschec "the game of chess; chessboard; check; checkmate," from Vulgar Latin *scaccus, from Arabic shah, from Persian shah "king," the principal piece in a chess game (see shah; also compare checkmate (n.)). Also c.1300 in a generalized sense, "harmful incident or event."\n
\nWhen the king is in check that player's choices are severely limited. Hence, "sudden stoppage" (early 14c.), and by c.1700 to "a token of ownership used to check against, and prevent, loss or theft" (surviving in hat check) and "a check against forgery or alteration," which gave the modern financial use of "bank check, money draft" (first recorded 1798 and often spelled cheque), probably influenced by exchequer. Checking account is attested from 1897, American English. Blank check in the figurative sense attested by 1849. Checks and balances is from 1782, perhaps originally suggesting machinery.
late 15c., in chess, "to attack the king; to put (the opponent's king) in check;" earlier (late 14c.), "to stop, arrest; block, barricade;" see check (n.).\n
\nA player in chess limits his opponent's ability to move when he places his opponent's king in check. All the other senses seem to have developed from the chess sense: "To arrest, stop;" then "to hold in restraint" (1620s); and finally "to hold up or control" (an assertion, a person, etc.) by comparison with some authority or record, 1690s.\n
\nHence, to check off (1839); to check up (1889); to check in or out (in a hotel, of a library book, etc., by 1918). To check out (something) "to look at, investigate" is from 1959. Related: Checked; checking.
Usage examples of "check".
Creating Pygmalion without establishing a check on his ability to assume power had been a gross blunder.
The three of us went first to check on the pool, and found it gratifying abrim with repulsive brown water, wide and deep enough to have submerged our truck.
The two were ostensibly engaged in checking the mechanical adequacy of the refrigerated vivaria.
It appears, therefore, at first sight that greasing the tips of these radicles had checked but little their bending to the adjoining damp surface.
In severe hemorrhages, this quantity should be administered every half hour, until the bleeding is checked.
L staff whose job was to check identifications before allowing admittance to the ball.
Finally, his F-14 was lined up on catapult one, the deck sailors attaching the catapult to the nose gear Collins checked his instruments, the twin turbines purring aft, waiting to be kicked into full thrust.
Keeping your mind active keeps arterial aging, immune aging, and even accidents in check, and has a RealAge benefit of making you 1.
He checked the indexes and methodically began reading everything he could find about agnosia and amaurosis, with the uncomfortable impression of being an intruder in a field beyond his competence, the mysterious terrain of neurosurgery, about which he only had the vaguest notion.
The commons appeared determined no longer to brook a delay of the agrarian law, and extreme violence was on the eve of being resorted to, when it was ascertained from the burning of the country-houses and the flight of the peasants that the Volscians were at hand: this circumstance checked the sedition that was now ripe and almost breaking out.
After they checked his pulse to make certain that he was still alive, Marks and Akers dragged him out of the storeroom and up the corridor to Module Nine, the laboratory which also functioned as the base infirmary.
Going to the door, Alec checked the corridor again and then continued with his task.
So he calls up Ernie and me, right here in this hide-out, and says to check on Renz and Alker and grab anybody that tries to follow them.
When Marge arrived tonight, she would watch over Dunlap while the one-armed man and the son in need of a father would ride out to check the steers, and in the meantime, Slaughter leaned back, smiling, as the setting sun cast an alpenglow on Lucas who rode straight and strong, and a colt veered from its mother, and they gamboled in the sun.
They checked altitude and air speed, fuel consumption and position in formation, and again searched the wide sea and the sky.